Triplicate Staff

Offense looks good, defense has questions

The Del Norte High boys soccer team ended up on the losing end of a high-scoring contest with Eagle Point in Crescent City on Monday night.

After taking a 3-2 halftime lead, the Warriors fell 6-4.

Del Norte got first-half goals by Jesus Herrrera, Geovany Ramirez and Alberto Barraza.

Herrera's was a "team goal finished off by the individual brilliance of the scorer," said Del Norte coach David Sanyaolu.

Ramirez scored on a rebound of his own missed penalty kick, and Barraza scored on a header.

In the second half, Herrera scored again on what Sanyaolu called a "well-taken free kick from outside the 18-yard box - sheer brilliance."

The Warriors gave up two own-goals to Eagle Point.

"The boys showed their true potential in fighting back to finish the first half ahead despite an own goal," Sanyaolu said. "Passes were crisp and plays were swift in moving from defense to offense.

"However, the second half showed a familiar pattern of letting down our guard, being overly defensive and making avoidable errors. These cost us the game."

The coach added, "Our defense and midfield need to be more solid, as it was very easy for the opponents to penetrate deep into our area.

"Our attack is a thing of beauty when we really are on. We can score goals. We just need to shore up our defense and avoid errors. We will keep making efforts to improve."

As reported in Tuesday's Triplicate, the Warrior girls team defeated Eagle Point 3-0 on Monday afternoon.

Both teams were scheduled to play Wednesday night at Fortuna, and those results will be reported in Saturday's paper.

On Saturday, both teams play at home against Arcata, with the boys game scheduled for 11 a.m. and the girls game at 1 p.m.